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The Fridge Presents

DECOY’s “Sew Rad”

An all-all new solo exhibit by Alicia Cosnahan

November 14 – December 6, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – Opening Reception Saturday November 14 from 7–11pm. Free and open to the public.


Photo above by Rosina Photo

The Washington based artist DECOY returns to The Fridge with “Sew Rad”, an

exhibition that embraces the artist’s origins while putting an eye toward carving out

a newly developed, narrative-rich style.

quilt crop

DECOY grew up quilting with family and went on to begin her creative career

working as a weaver at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. While on a recent trip to

Wisconsin, the artist discovered “barn quilts,” or quilt square murals placed on

barns. After returning to DC, DECOY began to consider how cities mirror the piecing

of a quilt, built block by block.


For “Sew Rad”, DECOY will exhibit three quilts as well as a series of new barn quilt



“I wrote my thesis about the history of quilts that were used as tools to tell stories,

communicate, and build on cultural ideals and movements. For example, quilts were

used as wayfinding signage on the Underground Railroad, sewn with imagery and

symbols that described the path to take to reach the next safe destination and hung

outdoors,” says the artist.


This new series of works reflects the narratives created by the artist’s community in

Washington, DC today, such as the friends who reside in Sursum Corda, a housing

project that has been marked for redevelopment. A quilt featuring the DC flag with

three hearts and two bars is emblazoned with the English translation for Sursum

Corda, “Lift up your hearts.”


One wall of the gallery will be transformed into a large quilt constructed of nine

wooden blocks with each telling a single story that work together to comprise a

complete narrative. By melding childhood traditions with contemporary work,

DECOY will share imagery that symbolizes her path.


The exhibition will also feature artist – created merchandise such as t-shirts,

pillows, shoes, and more.



Photo above by Rosina Photo